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In brief: Insurance fraud investigators shot

Wed., June 8, 2011

VILLE PLATTE, La. – Two unarmed Louisiana insurance fraud investigators were fatally shot Tuesday while trying to collect information from an agent who later killed himself, authorities said.

The 1 p.m. shooting killed Rhett Jeansonne and Kim Sledge, said state Insurance Department Commissioner Jim Donelon.

John Melvin Lavergne, who had been cited more than once on fraud allegations, then barricaded himself inside the agency where the shooting happened. More than 100 officers, including a SWAT team and negotiators, surrounded the building for hours.

Lavergne died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said state police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Hammons. He said the fraud investigators did not have guns.

Representative won’t run again

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Rep. Dan Boren, Oklahoma’s only Democratic member of Congress and the son of one of its most powerful men, said Tuesday that he won’t seek a fifth term in office next year because he’s tired of campaigning and wants to spend more time with his family.

Boren, a 37-year-old conservative Democrat who comfortably won re-election last year, said he’s proud of his Congressional record and that he was picked three times to represent Oklahoma’s 2nd District, which has long voted Republican in presidential elections.

Boren began his political career in 2002 by winning a seat in the state House of Representatives. His father, David Boren, served as governor and senator before taking his current job as president of the University of Oklahoma.

Wife to replace Las Vegas mayor

LAS VEGAS – Carolyn Goodman, the wife of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, will be the next mayor of Sin City after winning more than 60 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election.

The first lady won a race that pitted the Goodman brand against a longtime elected official whose eagerness and grass-roots campaign weren’t enough to overtake the popularity of the self-proclaimed Happiest Couple in the Universe.

Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani finished with roughly 22,000 votes to Carolyn Goodman’s roughly 33,000 votes. She called the first lady to concede as results from more than 96 percent of all precincts were made public.

Oscar Goodman was banned from a fourth term because of term limits.


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